‘I Can’t Stay Silent’: Army Veteran Buries ‘Un-American Draft Dodger’ Trump In Scorching Op-Ed
In a column published by ShareBlue on Friday, U.S. Army veteran Jared Pace slammed President Donald Trump as un-American who used power and money to defer his draft to Vietnam and promotes “dangerous false beliefs” about people of color.
“I’m a veteran who served in the U.S. Army, and I can’t stand silent while the values that I served for and the values that I’ve lived by are torn down by Trump,” Pace wrote.
“Since his first presidential campaign, Trump has marginalized people of color through not only his policies, but also his blunt rhetoric. In recent weeks, he has focused his campaign of attacks on four American congresswomen of color, Pace writes.
“I’ve lived in North Carolina for over 20 years. Last week, at his rally in our city of Greenville, Trump claimed that the GOP is the party of the American people, American values, and the American dream. But his behavior at the rally and throughout his time in office proves that couldn’t be further from the truth,”
“At his rally, [Trump] baited his audience by baselessly tying one congresswoman to terrorist organizations. He nodded approvingly as the crowd chanted, “Send her back!” All of this is blatant xenophobia and racism. The congresswomen he is attacking are all American citizens. Trump has promoted the dangerous and patently false belief that if a person’s skin color is not white, he or she is not an American,” he said in response to Trump’s hateful rhetoric.
He added: “Trump pledged to us North Carolinians that he will lead with and fight for American values, but this veteran does not believe him.”
“Trump has shown that he is un-American. Countless men and women who are black or brown have served this country, and have given their lives. Thousands are doing so right now. To imagine them risking their lives for America, their home, while their commander in chief says that people like them should go “back to their country” as a campaign strategy crushes me. I stand with them, not him.”
“The Army taught me courage and sacrifice. Trump says he loves the military, but he used power and money to defer his draft to Vietnam. Now he associates himself with the military often, as if he’s hoping we will forget his cowardice. I can’t help but question if he’s ever truly sacrificed anything for this country.”
Then he addressed the immigration crisis created by Trump:
“Those of us who did serve know the Statue of Liberty is a symbol worth fighting for. Families at our border are fleeing violence to seek legal asylum in the United States. Under the Trump administration, they’re arriving to a nightmare: their families torn apart, trapped in detention centers, drinking water from toilets, and sleeping on concrete floors. How can Trump watch these atrocities and feel nothing?”
“This is what Trump’s America looks like. This is not the America for which I served,” he said.
You can read the entire column here.